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Albino Deer Hunter Angers residents

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by 627PCFan, Nov 28, 2012.

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  1. 627PCFan

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    I think that I would have "passed" on shooting the deer. I do understand your thoughts of "genetic abnormality and should be removed from the herd" but I've never seen one before and I don't I would shoot it "unless" it was sick or diseased. As always just IMO
     
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    Hmm, by the title, I was thinking the hunter was the albino. First thought, "Hope he has sun screen".
     
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    It clearly wasn't an albino if it had brown on it's hindquarters. No mention on if it had red eyes or not. And, yes, I probably would have shot it. If it was a legal buck on public land then it would be fair game. Here's my piebald I got a couple of years ago and I consider myself very lucky to have gotten it.
     

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    Thats a good looking mount.

    We had about 5, dont want to call them a heard, locally a few years ago near my parents house in Maryland. I swear they were only safe when it was snowing, but local hunters for whatever reason didnt pick them off and that says something coming from the "if its brown its down" crowd.
     
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    Shaggy, that is gorgeous. Congrats!
     
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    I guess that if I had some way of knowing that an unusally-colored deer was a local "pet", so to speak, I'd not shoot it.

    But if it were out in one of my usual hunting areas, I'd likely figure, "Hey, look at that!" Bang/whop/plop.
     
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    What do people have against "albino deer hunters?" I thought we didn't judge hunters by the color (or lack thereof) of their skin.
     
  9. shaggy430

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    Thank you.
     
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    I'd shoot it in a heartbeat!
     
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    I don't like white meat.
     
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    Our hunt club was told by the game warden to shoot any piebold or albino regardless of sex. He told us they were genetically inferior and were bad in general for a healthy herd.
     
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    This ^

    I have nothing against shooting an albino deer but I'd probably pass on it if I was an out of stater and knew that there was an informal agreement by the locals to not shoot it. Still, it's nothing to get worked up over. It was legal and I'm assuming ethical kill.
     
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    Albino deer are protected in most of the state. This deer was shot in the southern CWD zone, an area of the state the DNR has been trying to eliminate all deer since the disease was discovered there in 2002. The locals will get no sympathy from the state.
     
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    That's exactly what my wife (PhD, genetic engineering) said when she read this thread over my shoulder. Albinos may be "cute" and "pets" of sorts, but they carry genes that are harmful to the gene pool of deer population if they manage to breed.

    If you see an albino calf/fawn with a doe of normal color, the genetically best option is to shoot them both, to remove both sources of recessive albino gene from the population.

    We had deer burgers for dinner tonight, my kids' favorite, and as usual I showed them a picture of where the meat came from. The reaction might be different if I showed them a picture of a "white bambi"... :scrutiny:
     
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    The piebald effect is a sign of inbreeding. Definately not a healthy herd, considering there are about 8 of these 'rare' critters in that area. :what:
     
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    Biologists claim that there is a 1 in 20000 chance of any deer being born albino. That means outta the 1.5 million deer running around in Wisconsin there should be about 75 or so of them statewide. There's a small herd of them in Northern Wisconsin(in the Boulder Junction area) that has become quite famous and are referred to as "the ghosts of the forests". There has been a book written and TV specials done on them. True albinos do not necessarily have pink eyes. Piebalds are not Albinos and are generally due to inbreeding. We have quite a few Piebalds on the Fort McCoy military base just down the road from here. The animals around the barracks and parade fields are safe from hunting and tend to not roam far from this protected area, hence they become inbred.

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    If you follow this youtube link you can see a video of a monster Albino buck filmed not far from here in the Bluffs and Coulee region. Monster Albino Buck
     
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    The largest herd of white deer in the world is on the grounds of the old Seneca Army Depot. They aren't albino (because only their hair is white) but they are white and there are 200 of them (out of 800 deer on the site).

    http://www.senecawhitedeer.org/
     
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    Those people are just jealous that an out of state hunter got their trophy, is my theory.
     
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    True albinos have no pigment. Therefore, their eyes, noses and hooves look pink because the coloration of blood vessels show up in the areas not covered by hair and their eyes ARE always pink or some variation of it. If they have blue or grey eyes, they are not true albinos.
     
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    This excerpt is from an interview on Wisconsin Public Television during a show dedicated to herd the Manitowish Waters area. Altho I'm not a professor of genetic studies, I do tend to believe them.

    Pink eyes or purple, because of the Wisconsin DNRs intent on the deer herd in the CWD zone where the deer in the OP was shot, I doubt very much if the locals will get any satisfaction from them.
     
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    If it has antlers I would shoot it, if not I would pass..............
     
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    As luck would have it I saw a little albino buck this afternoon. Only the second one I have ever seen. Really never considered shooting. They can't see very well and stand out like a sore thumb.
     
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    I knew a petty officer who once, about sumrise after a really long night in Bahrain, was relieving himself in some sort of public fountain built into the wall of a building, when he was scared silly by the morning call to prayer blaring from the loudspeakers on the minaret directly overhead. He RAN.

    Sometimes offending the locals is just not a good idea. Nobody likes a rude out- of- town guest.
     
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    It's not like he shot the Great White Buffalo
     
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